Leadership

Our owners and management team are experienced professionals who lead with care and compassion.

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Leadership

Our owners and management team are experienced professionals who lead with care and compassion.

Introduction

Meet Our Owners

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Hal Baumchen | PSYD, LP, LADC

President, Clinical Director, and Co-Occurring Disorders Specialist

Dr. Hal Baumchen is a psychologist, author, and speaker. He is the President and Clinical Director of NorthStar Regional. A Licensed Clinical Psychologist (LP) with over 30 years (30,000+ hours) of counseling experience, he was also the founder and executive director of Northland Counseling Services. He received his master’s Degree from Wheaton Graduate School and his Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC) and received his certificate in Co-Occurring Disorders from Adler Graduate School. He is the author of Journeys, a co-occurring disorders resource manual, Destinations, a practical guide for overcoming addictions and improving your mental health, the Destinations Companion Workbook, and he coauthored Finding Hope Again: Overcoming Depression with Dr. Neil T. Anderson. He is the author and founder of Journey to Recovery, a resource site with materials for the treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
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Jason Vanderscoff | LADC

Chairman of the Board

Jason is the Chairman of the Board of NorthStar Regional and was formerly the CEO NorthStar Regional and Five Stars Recovery Center. He is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). His responsibilities include overall strategy, program development, financial oversight and provider contracting. Jason has also served as the CEO of CD Recovery Services, DRS Acquisitions, and Cx Technology Services. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Introduction

Meet Our Executive Team

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Tim Walsh | M.A., L.P. DPA

Chief Executive Officer

Tim Walsh is the NorthStar Regional’s Chief Executive Officer. He completed his doctorate in public administration at Hamline University in 2012. He received his Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology from St. Thomas University in 1993. Tim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with double majors in Social Sciences/Psychology and Biblical Studies from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul. 

Tim has been licensed as a psychologist since 1998. He also has over 28 years of experience as an administrator in the fields of behavioral health, human services, and corrections. He is a former executive leader with Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge. Tim’s heart is to have a significant, positive impact on people, in their journey to life recovery and transformation.

John McGinnis

John McGinnis | LADC

Chief Operating Officer

John has worked in the health care field for thirty years, twenty-seven of those years have been spent in the CD field. He has held several roles in the field of Chemical Dependency and MICD. He has gained a wealth of experience working with adolescents and adults at NorthStar Regional, Five Stars Recovery and other institutions in the state of Minnesota.

John has been a leading force in the quality of our client care. Client care and the client experience in treatment have long been John’s passion. As COO, his goal is to bring his experience, knowledge and leadership experience to all NorthStar Regional Programs and Corporate Operations.

Jonathan Holt

Chief Marketing Officer

Jonathan Holt serves as the Chief Marketing Officer at NorthStar Regional, where he brings more than three decades of profound expertise in marketing, communications, and operational strategies, spanning both traditional and digital marketing landscapes. Before assuming his current role, Jonathan held the position of Director of Marketing at ESCO. Prior to that, he led international marketing endeavors at Starkey Hearing Technologies, making a substantial impact on the company’s global presence.

Jonathan’s educational background includes a degree in Advertising, which he earned from Collins College in Tempe, Arizona. His career journey is marked by an unwavering commitment to driving strategic marketing initiatives, fostering organizational growth, and achieving impactful results within the dynamic and ever-evolving field of marketing and communications.

Annette Pearson | MS, LADC, CBIS

Chief of Programs & Services

Annette has worked in the field of behavioral health care for 32 years, with 25 of those being specific to SUD. Starting her career as a tech, Annette went on to achieve a B.S. in Psychology and Master’s in Guidance & Counseling while she continued to accumulate greater responsibilities and director roles within various other organizations in the field of SUD and Mental Health. Adding in her role as a DHS licensing peer reviewer, certification as a Brain Injury Specialist, extensive conferencing lecturing experience, service on the MARRCH education committee, and so much more, we are overjoyed to bring Annette on board.

Bringing passion to her role. Annette’s focus revolves around improving client care with evidence-based practices and cutting edge treatment modalities while training, supporting, and educating counselors and staff entrusted under her supervision.

Introduction

Meet Our Director Team

Sarah Brown

Vice President of Operations

Sarah Brown, recently promoted to Vice President of Operations at NorthStar Regional, brings a wealth of leadership experience and a proven track record of success. In her previous role overseeing the Admissions Department, Sarah played a key role in driving significant growth in administrative processes and fostering a supportive team culture. Now, as Vice President of Operations, she focuses on building efficiencies, working directly with leadership on expansion initiatives, and collaborating with various departments to support the overall growth of our organization. Sarah’s dedication to NorthStar’s mission, vision, and values is evident in her leadership on projects that encourage and support staff. Her expertise in data-driven decision-making further positions her as a valuable asset to the executive team. Her promotion recognizes her outstanding contributions to building strong teams, fostering teamwork, and ensuring the continued success of NorthStar Regional.

Riko Armstrong

Compliance Officer

He attended Northern Colorado University and earned a BA in Journalism and Sociology. After undergrad, he joined the US Navy and obtained a master’s degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Fraud Management from Colorado State University. As a Navy Veteran with a decade of experience in the compliance field. He did two deployments to the Persian Gulf, a special assignment in the Naval Recruiting District, and a tour in Bahrain. Additionally, he was a career counselor, mentorship coordinator, security officer, and suicide prevention, coordinator. He has earned a certificate in Leadership in Professional Ethics and Compliance. He is a former Compliance Director at MNTC. He has a passion for helping people and is currently working on becoming a licensed mental health professional.

Justin Michaud

Director of Revenue Cycle

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014, Justin holds dual degrees in Economics and Communications. Following his graduation, he gained valuable experience as a Quality Assurance Analyst at Epic, a leading medical Electronic Health Records company, along with a 5-year tenure as a Billing Manager at Procentive. During this time, he played a pivotal role in catering to the billing needs of over 130 mental health, SUD, EIDBI, and ARMHS agencies across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Washington. Justin is a valuable contributor to the growth and success of NorthStar Regional, enabling us to serve an increasing number of clients each year. He is deeply committed to facilitating access to essential care and simplifying the ever-present complexities of insurance, ensuring everyone has the opportunity to receive our crucial healthcare services.

Jeanine Jackson

Director of Human Resources

Jeanine graduated from Metropolitan State University with a Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration (MPNA) in 2019, her undergraduate focus was Human Resource Management. She has over 11 years of experience in HR and compliance in the nonprofit sector, tribal/government sector. She is an Adjunct Professor/Community Faculty at Metro State where she teaches ‘Contemporary Native American Issues for Nonprofits and Government’. Her published work can be found in the Journal of Nonprofit and Public Affairs. She has a passion for and background in the recovery, mental health, SUDS community and sits on the Association of Recovery Schools board. 

Jeanine has collaborated with the University of Chicago Chapin Hall in Washington DC on a national strategy to end homelessness, and was a presenter at the National Alliance to End Homelessness 2021. She has presented her research, taught, and designed coursework in many other capacities. She is an enrolled member of Lac Du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians her tribes are Ojibwe (enrolled), Potawatomi, and Cree descendent.

Jackie Kerkow-Dohmen, MSW, LICSW

Mental Health Clinical Director

Jacki has worked in the mental health field since 2012 and has a Master’s of Social Work from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is currently licensed as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Prior to starting at NSR in 2021, Jacki primarily worked in outpatient mental health clinics with clients who struggle with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) doing ARMHS/CTSS throughout Rice and Scott County.

As a lifelong learner, Jacki has enjoyed learning about the world of chemical dependency and the connection to her experiences with SPMI. As a clinical supervisor, Jacki not only enjoys working with clients, but she also enjoys supervising other clinicians as they work toward licensure. Most recently, Jacki was trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), which is a specific form of therapy (similar to EMDR) that helps clients process difficult or traumatic memories and uses a trauma focused lens in her work with clients. She looks forward to getting more involved with the mental health clinic and expanding mental health services in the community.

Rafael Lewis | LADC

Treatment Director, NSR Southern Campuses

Rafael Lewis serves as the Treatment Director for NorthStar Regional’s southern campuses, including the Men’s Shakopee Residential Program. He joined NSR in December 2022 as the Program Director for the Shakopee Men’s Residential Program (MRTC), where he successfully led a large team and significantly improved the client experience. Rafael collaborates closely with the Clinical Directors at the Chaska and Shakopee facilities to enhance client experiences and works alongside the Program Manager to improve non-clinical activities, ensuring comprehensive support for all clients.

Rafael is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services at Saint Mary’s University in Minneapolis, aiming to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). His primary focus is on client services, striving to ensure that individuals have a smooth experience and benefit fully from NSR’s extensive range of programs. Passionate about recovery, mental and physical health, and overall well-being, Rafael is also a proud husband and father.

Neal Schmidt | BS, LADC

Chaska “Sugar Creek Campus” IOP Program Director

Neal Schmidt is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) since 2012, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies from Minnesota State University – Mankato. He has proudly been with NorthStar Regional since 2018, becoming Program Director in 2023. He places client care as a top priority to ensure a positive treatment experience, contributing toward rebuilding and maintaining healthy lives during and after treatment.

Tanya Mittelstaedt | LADC

Clinical Director, WRTC Residential

Tanya Mittelstaedt is our Clinical Director for our Women’s Residential facility in Chaska (WRTC). Her dedication and expertise have made a profound impact on our community. Tanya earned her LADC through an internship at Hazelden in 2018 and joined NorthStar Regional in 2019, providing exceptional counseling to the women at our Residential Program.

A strong advocate for maintaining a healthy home/work balance, Tanya’s dedication is evident in her favorite part of the job: “how many women we are helping… We are not able to help them all find recovery, but I’m confident we’re planting seeds.” With over eight years in recovery herself, she offers a valued perspective that enriches our team and supports the women we serve. Describing herself as an open book, Tanya balances being intimidatingly honest, unexpectedly hilarious, and unconditionally trustworthy. When she takes time to relax, you can often find her at a beach, preferably one on a Disney Cruise. Please join us in congratulating Tanya on her well-deserved promotion and celebrating her continued dedication and the positive impact she brings to NorthStar Regional.

Amy VanHouten | ADC-T

Men’s Riverwood Residential Program Director

Amy is an accomplished individual who graduated with High Honors from MCTC in May 2022, specializing in Addiction Counseling and Psychology. Currently, Amy is pursuing a double major at Metropolitan State. Amy gained valuable experience through internships at NorthStar Regional’s Maple Grove IOP facility and NSR’s Otsego (Riverwood) facility. Her involvement in various NSR programs at the IOP and residential stages of our continuum of care, allowed her to witness growth on a personal level before advancing to the role of Residential Program Director.

 Amy’s proficiency in managing employees and ensuring compliance with DHS policies and procedures showcases her exceptional organizational abilities. She is devout to her field and is an absolute driving force behind the NSR programming at Riverwood.

Madilyn Myers | MA, LPCC, LADC

Men’s Riverwood IOP with Lodging Program Director

Madilyn Myers is NorthStar Regional’s Program Director for our Otsego location. As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC),  Madilyn has experience working with clients to build their insight on mental health and its impact on their addiction. 

Throughout her career, she has kept client-centered care as a focus, working with clients to identify their strengths, increase resilience, and motivate clients to overcome their roadblocks in life. Madilyn is a graduate from the University of South Dakota with an undergraduate degree in psychology and communications, and a masters degree in clinical mental health counseling. 

Robert Squillace | MA, LADC

Director / Project Manager

Robert Squillace brings a robust background in Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and treatment, aligning seamlessly with NorthStar Regional’s ambitious growth plans. Over the past 12 years, he played a pivotal role in initiating and cultivating treatment programs in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs, showcasing dedication to advancing the field and fostering positive change—a valuable addition to the NorthStar Regional team.

Robert’s journey into behavioral health followed a successful tenure as a business owner. Initially drawn to a career in criminal justice, he earned degrees in criminal justice, psychology, and Christian Counseling from Northwestern, St. Paul. His passion for helping others led him to addiction services, where he began his impactful career at MN Adult and Teen Challenge. Committed to ongoing professional development, Robert obtained a degree in chemical dependency from Century College and earned a Master of Arts degree in Divinity, becoming a licensed Pastor upon graduation.

 

Emily Kruse | BSN, RN

Director of Nursing

Emily is a seasoned healthcare professional who has taken on the responsibility of managing the nursing departments across all NSR facilities. Prior to joining NSR, she garnered extensive expertise working in diverse healthcare settings, including a TCU, Urgent Care, and most recently as an ER nurse at M Health Fairview. Emily’s passion for serving others initially led her to a career as a 911 Dispatcher for Scott County, where she dedicated 15 years to ensuring the safety and well-being of the community.

Equipped with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a range of specialty certifications, including Trauma nursing (TNCC), Emergency Pediatric Care (ENPC), and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Emily’s commitment to excellence and ongoing professional development shines through in her work. Her diverse background and comprehensive skill set enable her to lead with confidence and proficiency in delivering exceptional patient care.